KARACHI: The provincial government has banned pillion riding in Karachi and Hyderabad under Section 144. According to a Sindh home department notification, pillion riding will be banned in Karachi from August 8 till August 11. In Hyderabad, the ban will be effective from August 9 till August 11. The government has also banned people from carrying and displaying firearms. This decision was taken as a safety measure for the death anniversary of Hazrat Ali (RA) on the 21st of Ramazan (August 10.) The ban is not applicable on women, children, the elderly and journalists.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2012.